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Johnson salutes man-of-the-moment Madden

17 February 2013

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson paid tribute to leading goalscorer Paddy Madden after the Irish striker inspired his side to a 3-0 victory over resurgent Scunthorpe to climb third.

Byron Webster, James Hayter's penalty and npower League One player of the month Madden racked up the Somerset side's eighth consecutive league win.

Madden, who notched his 18th goal of the season and his 10th in seven matches, was hailed by his boss.

Johnson said: "It was another great day for us - we are in a rich vein of form. Paddy could have had a few more goals, but he's a class finisher. It's not just that, though, it's his workrate which we're proud of. If you've got a striker who is working hard and earning his goals then you've got a real chance.

"To play on a heavy pitch like that is nothing more than miraculous, so we're very proud and scored three very good goals. We deserve to be where we are in the league.

"When you go third then of course you must start believing that you've created a team that could challenge for promotion. There are plenty of games to go so we've got to be careful because we've got a couple of difficult away trips coming up."

Iron boss Brian Laws slammed referee Dean Whitestone's decision to not send off Yeovil defender Webster after he appeared to hack down Akpo Sodje in the first half. Laws, who was sent to the stands for his protests, said: "I was very disappointed with the referee's decision. It could have changed the whole complexity of the game.

"There is not an ounce of doubt about it and when you look at the DVD it is even clearer. That's the astonishing thing. The lad took Sodje out - he wouldn't be walking off with a twisted ankle if he just fell over. I think the referee lost the plot a little bit.

"It's a sending off, it doesn't matter which division you are in. When it's clear like that I've got every right to say something. I think it was a game too far for us. I'm relying on a small squad of players and when the same 11 have been at it for the last three games, it's a tough ask.

"I thought Yeovil were the better side, they took their chances and we didn't perform as well as we have done."

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